Knoxville Medal of Honor recipients announced

Knoxville Medal of Honor recipients announced

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Associate Justice Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. (source: Wikipedia) Associate Justice Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. (source: Wikipedia)
David Feherty (source: Wikipedia) David Feherty (source: Wikipedia)
Jake Tapper (source: Wikipedia) Jake Tapper (source: Wikipedia)
Mark Wahlberg (source: Wikipedia) Mark Wahlberg (source: Wikipedia)
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - This year's Knoxville Medal of Honor recipients will include some celebrities as well as a Supreme Court Associate Justice.

The Knoxville Medal of Honor Convention Committee announced the list Thursday night.

U.S. Army veteran and Supreme Court of the United States Associate Justice Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. will receive the Patriot Award. The award is presented to individuals who demonstrate a commitment to American freedom and the ideals embodied within the Medal of Honor.

CBS Sports golf commentator David Feherty will receive the Distinguished Citizen Award for his founding of the “Troops First Foundation,” which assists wounded soldiers coming home from war. The award is given to Americans dedicated to freedom and the ideals of the Society. He has made tours to Iraq and is committed to helping servicemen and women.

CNN anchor and correspondent Jake Tapper will receive the "Tex" McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism. This award is given to those impacting the country through unbiased reporting of military topics. Tapper was nominated after writing his recent book “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” which is about one of the deadliest American battles in Afghanistan.

Actor and producer Mark Wahlberg will receive this year’s Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment for his support of American troops and his positive portrayal of the military on film. Wahlberg recently played Marcus Luttrell, the only survivor of Operation Redwing, in his new movie “Lone Survivor.”

The awards will be presented at the Patriot Award Gala this fall, which will be hosted by actor and former Society Award honoree Gary Sinese.
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